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New Mayor will 'Live the Dream'

PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 11 August 2010

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THE NEW Mayor of Barking and Dagenham has chosen Living the Dream as his official charity. The Trust, which gives grants to young sportsmen and women, will benefit from donations over the 2008/09 Mayoral Year. Cllr Emmanuel Obasohan was sworn in to th

THE NEW Mayor of Barking and Dagenham has chosen 'Living the Dream' as his official charity.

The Trust, which gives grants to young sportsmen and women, will benefit from donations over the 2008/09 Mayoral Year.

Cllr Emmanuel Obasohan was sworn in to the post at a meeting of the ceremonial council at Barking Town Hall on Friday.

He was elected by majority vote ahead of the opposition's candidate, Cllr Christine Knight.

In his acceptance speech Cllr Obasohan said: "Living the Dream Barking and Dagenham Trust is an independent body which has been set up to support local sportsmen and women.

"Our young people have had their fair share of bad publicity. I believe this is the time to make them proud and to enjoy some positive publicity.

"This is the time to set our sights on success and achievement. This Mayoral year will mark the beginning of our road to the 2012 Olympic Games."

The new Mayor has lived in Whitebarn Lane, Dagenham, for seven years after moving from Hackney.

He has represented Becontree Ward for Labour since 2006.

He and his wife, Mercy, have four children.

A devout Christian, Cllr Obasohan is a member of the Unite Trade Union, and sits on the board of governors at Dagenham Park School.

Outgoing Mayor, Fred Barns will now become Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.

He told the ceremonial council that he had successfully raised £38,000 for his chosen charity, the National Holiday Fund for Sick and Disabled Children, during his year as mayor.

The annual Sydney Russell Memorial Award was presented to Lilly Warehams, who has devoted much of her life to voluntary work.


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